After months of internal wrangling and dispute, the Belize Cycling Association met on Saturday in Belize City to elect its national executive. The delay had been caused by a court case involving former president Emil Moreno, who was challenging a decision by the Belize Olympic Association to disallow the results of an election in San Ignacio Town at which he was elected head of the western division of the organization over alleged voter fraud. He dropped the case and the election went ahead. After voting at the UWI auditorium, Belize City Councilor Dion Leslie emerged as president, with three vice-presidents, Daniel Cano of the west, Orson Butler of Belize City, and Cordel Gordon of Dangriga. Sheena Castillo, Fitzgerald “Palas” Joseph and Gilroy Spence were elected committee members. PLUS News spoke with Leslie after the election and he told us why he has taken on the job.
It’s a sport that I’ve rode through the years. I used to ride, not professionally, but just for exercise.
Cycling needed a new direction, needed new blood, so I decided to put my name up and support out. Experienced people within the cycling family gave me the support I needed
According to Dion Leslie, he is holding out an olive branch to disgruntled former associates including Mr Moreno to work with him. The new president says he wants to focus on building sponsorship and racing participation. Leslie told us one of the first things the new executive has agreed to do is to take another look at the Constitution of the BCA in order to strengthen it. The election was conducted only among the selected delegates from each division of the association, a total of 15.